MIKVAH COVID 19 POLICIES & PRECAUTIONS
If you or anyone in your household has a fever, any respiratory symptoms or are experiencing any other signs of illness, we ask that you not make use of the mikvah at this time. If you are in quarantine, ie anyone in your household has been sick with COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days, you may not go out to use the Mikvah.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 do not return to the Mikvah until you have completed 10 days of quarantine and have been 72 hours symptom free defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and significant improvement of respiratory symptoms (eg., cough, shortness of breath). In addition, the first time you return to the Mikvah please request an appointment towards the end of the evening.
If you have significant COVID-19 symptoms (fever, severe cough, etc) but tested PCR negative, do not return to the Mikvah until you are 72 hour symptom free.
The Riverdale Mikvah will continue its appointment only model every night. This will allow us to stagger usage and run the pool filters between each use. We will not have more than one person (aside from the attendant and cleaning attendant) in the building using the Mikvah at a time. This adheres to the current social distancing guidelines.
If you need a spot that is not available for a personal or medical reason please call the Mikvah. We will be sure to do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs.
Payment for mikvah visit or bedikah cloths should be done online or by mail. Please respond to your appointment email if you need bedikah cloths so it can be ready when you arrive thereby reducing any additional time and transfer of items during your Mikvah visit. Exact cash or check will also be accepted. Please pay via zelle or chase quick pay to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Mikvah preparations must be done at home. We ask that you leave all personal belongings at home.
Mikvah rooms and preparation rooms are being disinfected between usages. All mikvah personnel are using gloves and replacing them between cleanings. All door knobs, counters or anything coming into contact with a person is being disinfected between use. Mikvah personnel are limited at this time, to ensure minimal outside exposure (i.e. refraining from taking public transportation etc) and are asked upon arrival about their health status.
Please come with your own personal robe and towel.
Although not usually Halachically advised, during the current pandemic a woman may shower when arriving home.
The Mikvah attendant will not be coming within 8 feet of any woman using the Mikvah. The Mikvah attendant will remain at the doorway of the Mikvah pool room and will ensure that the tevilah is kosher but will not do any further inspections - as is in line with social distancing guidelines.
At this time, the Riverdale Mikvah is only available to local Riverdale women in the community.
You will receive an email the day of your appointment, with a review of the most up to date procedures and a request to email back confirming you are local and that you and your family are in good health. You will also be screened upon arrival at the Mikvah to confirm your health status.